Electro-acupuncture (EA) can speed up the healing of bone and surrounding soft tissues after tibial osteotomy, while simultaneously reducing knee joint pain and improving function. Chinese clinicians randomised 50 patients with knee osteoarthritis who had undergone open wedge high tibial osteotomy (OHWTO) into an observation group and a control group. The control group received usual postoperative treatment, and the observation group received additional EA, beginning on the third day after surgery. Acupoints selected for EA were Xuehai SP-10, Liangqiu ST-34, Futu ST-32, Heding EX-LE2, Fenglong ST-40, Zhaohai KID-6, Taixi KID-3, Sanyinjiao SP-6 and Jiexi ST-41; treatment was delivered once a day, for 14 days. Bone healing observed using x-ray imaging was significantly better in the observation group than in the control group at all time points, and the time to achieve bone healing was about two weeks faster than that in the control group. Skin healing and swelling in the osteotomy area subsided more quickly in the control group, and the difference was statistically significant. Knee pain and function scores in both groups were found to be significantly improved post-treatment, compared with pre-operatively. Improvement in the observation group’s knee pain and function scores at one week, four weeks, and eight weeks after the end of the treatment course was better than that in the control group, and the difference was statistically significant.
On the Effect of Electroacupuncture in Promoting Healing after High Tibial Osteotomy. Comput Math Methods Med. 2022 Mar 17;2022:6428759.